Aiming to stay ahead of the curve in as many tech arenas as possible, Samsung is now reportedly working on contact lenses that contain a built-in camera, sensors and a display that can project images directly into wearer’s eyes.
The news came through a patent application for the technology made by the South Korean company, which reveals that the limitations of previously released similar technology – such as Google Glass – were a major inspiration for their current project. The patent was first spotted by the unofficial Samsung blog Sammobile.
According to the blog’s information on the application, “the primary reason for the development of smart contact lenses is the limited image quality that can be achieved with smart glasses. Lenses can provide a more natural way to provide augmented reality than smart glasses, though we can imagine the privacy debate will reach entirely new heights when cameras are essentially hidden in contact lenses”.
The smart contact lenses can be controlled through eye movements and blinking, allowing users to take photos with the miniature camera simply by winking or blinking – taking the expression “in a blink of an eye” quite literally. An antenna would intercept and then transmit the image to a companion device, such as a smartphone or tablet.